DUBLIN, Ohio - Nov. 2, 2015 // PRNewswire // - November is National Adoption Month, and Wendy's® is celebrating the five thousandth child placed with a forever family, in the United States, thanks to the Wendy's Wonderful Kids® program. Wendy's Wonderful Kids, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption® (DTFA), focuses on helping children who have been waiting the longest in the foster care system get adopted. The program aims to ensure that every child has the childhood that they deserve, and children referred to Wendy's Wonderful Kids are up to three times more likely to get adopted.
Wendy's Founder Dave Thomas was himself adopted and founded the DTFA in 1992 to find permanent homes for the more than 130,000 children waiting in North America's foster care system. Wendy's passionately supports the DTFA to this day.
During National Adoption Month, the following spokespeople are available to discuss foster care adoption:
Special recruiters are hired through the Wendy's Wonderful Kids program to work on caseloads of children. They give each child the attention that he or she deserves. These recruiters employ aggressive practices and proven tactics, taking into account the needs of the children they serve, to find the children their forever homes. Sixty-five percent of children referred to a Wendy's Wonderful Kids recruiter are older than age nine. Thirty-three percent of the children referred to Wendy's Wonderful Kids have been in foster care more than four years.
Through November, Wendy's is showcasing adopted children's illustrations of a special "family first" moment on all cold beverage and specialty cups. To learn more about Wendy's support for foster care adoption and hear the moving stories of adopted children's "family first" moments visit www.wendys.com/adoption.
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a national nonprofit public charity dedicated exclusively to finding permanent homes for the more than 130,000 children waiting in North America's foster care systems. Created by Wendy's founder Dave Thomas who was adopted, the Foundation implements evidence-based, results-driven national service programs, foster care adoption awareness campaigns and innovative grant-making. To learn more, visit davethomasfoundation.org, or call 1-800-ASK-DTFA.
The Wendy's Company (NASDAQ: WEN) is the world's third largest quick-service hamburger restaurant chain. The Wendy's system includes more than 6,500 restaurants in 29 countries and U.S. territories. For more information, visit www.wendys.com.
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